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Please do not use code blocks formatting for text that is not code

Formatting dedicated for code blocks should be used exclusively for code and things like compiler options. It is not an alternative version of blockquote formatting; using it as such throws off the ...
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Are there many or any Apollo era aerospace types watching this site?

I am curious as to how many apollo era (approx 1960s) engineers, scientists, workers, etc are watching this site. I am one and thoroughly enjoy trying to keep up with new technology and contribute any ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Space Exploration has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the first full moderator team is: You can find them on the moderators tab — please thank them for ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Where did all the Apollo era NTRS documents go? Do we need to preserve them?

Lately I'm unable to find documents on NTRS that used to be available. Example: "F-1 Rocket Engine Operating Instructions" used to be available. It is referenced on this page on heroicrelics....
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Space Exploration Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next ...
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What exactly is "PR puffery"? Where exactly is the harm, and how to distinguish between that and prior research or just plain catchy title-izing?

There's been a micro-burst of comments under a few of my recent questions referencing "PR puffery". I'm still unclear on its meaning; if it refers to the claims in the popular press that I ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2022

Summary: Space Exploration Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on 28 March, as your “graduation” election. The timeline: On 21 March, I'll post a question collection post ...
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Now that the site has graduated, how do we get a site-specific icon?

This old question about the same thing Can we get a picture for the Space Exploration StackExchange site? was answered by "wait until the site graduates". Well, it has. Let's ditch the blue ...
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Should we start using the normal MathJax chemistry notation for chemicals? e.g. \require{mhchem}\ce{H_2O} for H₂O

According to @orthocresol's answer to Chemistry equation \ce modifier works in a non chem. SE site's posts, but not in search results. Should we consider it "working" and start using it? any ...
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Should we have a comment left behind when closing questions about building your own rocket (propellant)?

Recently, I reviewed this question and voted to close for the danger of constructing a homemade rocket engine. I left this comment: Questions about dangerous amateur experiments, such as constructing ...
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A possible alternative to the close-reopen procedure

I propose a broad discussion on a possible replacement to the current "close-reopen" (C-R) procedure, a quite detailed, not official, description of which can be found in this discussion. As ...
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Are we going to suddenly reverse course and quickly remove 'bad questions, those with no notability', or remain welcoming to young people and noobs?

The same person who offered to "throw (their) hat in the ring" at 2022 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check wrote a day later in the Pod Bay: One of the reasons I still ...
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2022 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Space Exploration. The last election we held was back in 2020 when we elected one moderator. So: we should hold a new election to ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Inconsistencies in the practice of SE policy on this site

Please bear with me because I do not have a long experience with SE. During my short life here, it seems to me (I accept that I can be wrong) that there are several inconsistencies in the way you ...
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Space exploration jobs

This admittedly is a self-serving question. I know that StackOverflow has a way to advertise for jobs; my employer has used it. The problem is that we're not getting good matches. Is there a way to ...
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Need help getting two questions undeleted/unroombad so I can put a bounty on each of them!

My currently roombad (and invisible to those without enough reputation) questions" Roughly express how much of our Moon's apparent libration amplitude seen from the Geocenter is due to different ...
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Make JWST a synonym of the James Webb Telescope tag

We have james-webb-telescope, but more people seem to know it as JWST. Making a synonym might help people tag their questions appropriately.
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I want to ask opinion-based questions to drive community engagement. Should I?

I love seeing the creative & fun side of this community come out. Too often it can seem like a race to the top (bottom?) for technicality & impenetrability in an answer. While I also adore the ...
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Space SE has graduated, now what? What kinds of changes can we expect in the next year or two?

The Graduation of Space Exploration may lead to some changes in this site in the following year or two, small and large, in "look and feel" and in the way it runs. What are the kinds of ...
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Graduation of Space Exploration

The Space Exploration Stack Exchange site is scheduled to graduate from Beta to a full site today, December 16th. The moderator team would like to congratulate our entire user base for the ...
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What's the difference between the [astrodynamics] and [orbital-mechanics] tags? Do we need both? Will question authors always know which to use?

astrodynamics 82 questions: The study of satellite orbits and space flight dynamics. orbital-mechanics 1,527 questions: Orbital mechanics or astrodynamics is the application of ballistics and ...
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"Can I offer you a hydrolysis tag?" It's delicious and essential to future spaceflight, but can we maintain such a tag?

The recent question has added a hydrolysis tag. Below it I added the comment: I first removed the hydrolysis tag then after thinking further I rolled back my edit ...
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"I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Physics SE" is bad and here's why

There's nothing about another SE site like Physics that can make a question off-topic here! SE has several close reasons for questions, one of which is that the question is off-topic. For a few ...
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Is our Beta label being removed?

Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating, I'm curious if Space will be too?
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Is referencing a professional's Linkedin page appropriate?

In working on a rather large answer to a question I stumbled upon the Linkedin page of an aerospace professional. It offers some interesting insights related to the question and my (future) answer but ...
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Where does the low-earth-orbit tag end and the very-low-earth-orbit tag begin? How should they be defined?

low-earth-orbit 347 questions Questions regarding Low Earth Orbit or LEO, which refers to orbits at an altitude between approximately 160 kilometers / 100 miles and 2,000 kilometers / 1,200 miles. ...
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Duplicate Mars colonization questions

Two questions which seem to be essentially the same question of colonizing Mars versus a space station: Feasibility: self-sustaining colony on Mars vs. Space Station (June 2014, 3 answers) Why Mars ...
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Should we revive the developing-space-programs tag by adding it to all applicable questions, or just delete or combine with space-program?

developing-space-programs 7 questions: The developing-space-programs tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? seems to be an experiment that's run its course. While I think we've had ...
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Do we need both equipment and ground-equipment tags?

equipment 30 questions The equipment tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? ground-equipment 2 questions The ground-equipment tag has no usage guidance, can you help us create it? ...
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What is the prediction tag for? Do we need it?

I found the prediction tag (11 questions currently) on Terraforming — when and where — current estimates? where it was added by a new user assuming it belongs on questions about predicting ...
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Hot topics? Cool questions? thermal, thermal-control, heat, heat-flow, cooling, sub-cooled, liquid-cooled tags; is there room for some consolidation?

thermal: 96 questions How heat affects spacecraft and space missions, or materials and methods to deal with heat. thermal-control: 67 questions Questions about heat management in spacecraft heat: ...
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How to determine on which questions the falcon9-r and falcon-9 tags do and don't belong?

note: I'm perplexed by the answer to Can we merge [falcon9-r] into [falcon-9]? since there still seems to be two different tags with different question counts! There are currently 36 questions tagged ...
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Looking for that cool astronomical and spaceflight simulation website that's been discussed here

There were several questions here about n-body simulations and spacecraft trajectories that were asked in relation to the development of a cool astronomical and spaceflight simulation website. The ...
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How extensively should we interrogate/pursue post authors about suspected ulterior motives or suspected thoughts or beliefs?

NASA is quite a transparent organization with extensive public outreach and is therefore exposed to all kinds of things. To our great advantage as a Stack Exchange community we have many users (and ...
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Difference between [law], [regulatory] and [international-politics] tags? The last two have no use guidance, what might that be?

law 117 questions: Relating to treaties, laws, ownership and disputes during the exploration of space. For non-space exploration related law questions, see our sister site Law Stack Exchange. ...
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We have the "record" tag, would a tag for "firsts" or "how many" question be helpful to make these answers grouped and easy to find?

The record tag currently has 127 questions, and this makes all the valuable answers about space records (most, smallest, etc.) easily accessible to future readers. We also have classes of questions &...
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Is this question about evaluating my math regarding a fictional spacecraft on-topic?

Background I've written a short story set in a sci-fi universe. It involves a spaceship traveling across interstellar distances, so I'm sure there are a bunch of issues I've hand-waved away regarding ...
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Shall we make it explicit site policy that screenshots of text ≠ readable text?

As a helpful example only, this otherwise great answer to Is Starship planned to fly directly to the ISS without first stage? Is it even possible? relies heavily on the readers ability to read ...
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Is CSS a better tag for the Chinese Space Station Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace")?

Background Because Stack Exchange sites are requited to stick to English (except for those specifically in other languages) we sometimes make certain choices. For example it's been previously ...
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Would a “space-governance” new tag be of interest?

With the growing number of private space activities, both for commercial and for non-profit (educational/scientific/hobbies/...), it is legitimate to ask questions on whether a regulatory framework ...
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Tag name for MMU, SAFER, and similar?

What would be a good tag name for devices that help propel a spacewalking astronaut? Such devices include the MMU, SAFER, and the canned gas that Ed White used during his spacewalk. I have a pending ...
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How should questions about a characteristic of multiple launchers be handled?

Following up on this question, I'd like to ask about the temperature requirements for various solid boosters, including but not limited to Shuttle SRBs, SLS SRBs, and the Minotaur I's second stage. I'...
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Should old questions by a deleted user not be re-asked just so someone can choose the accepted answer?

The following question was asked 26 days ago: Is there independent evidence that China landed a robot on Mars in May 2021? Since then, the asker of the original question has deleted the account. An ...
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Should lop-g, deep-space-gateway and gateway be synonymized? If so, to what?

We have lop-g with 5 questions deep-space-gateway with 18 questions gateway with 2 questions Which may all want to refer to the Lunar Gateway: The Lunar Gateway, or simply Gateway, is a planned ...
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Is breakthrough-starshot the best tag, and should the project-starshot tag now be a synonym for it?

We have breakthrough-starshot (3 questions) and project-starshot (8 questions) and the Wikipedia article Breakthrough Starshot says: Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by ...
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Should we clean up and separate 'attitude' and 'attitude-determination-and-control' questions, or just further merge these last two tags?

Thanks to the retiring of the adcs tag we now have: attitude 211 questions: Questions on ascertaining, predicting, and controlling spatial orientation and rotation of spacecraft, and on forces that ...
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Get rid of the old ADCS tag and either merge with attitude-control or attitude-determination-and-control?

We have had the old adcs tag since October 2016 and I think I created it. The acronym is for Attitude Determination and Control System. Random links legitimizing the acronym Attitude Determination ...
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Why was the Falcon 9 wash/paint question closed as duplicate?

Link to Q: Do Falcon 9s get a thorough wash or a fresh coat of paint (they look clean pre-reflight)? It was voted leave open the first time, but it was closed, and the reopen review was also 3x leave ...
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